Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Heart Journal Page

Hello and welcome! I am sharing an art journal page on the Sizzix blog today, made with new dies by Stephanie Ackerman.
I really like these heart and word dies and had fun with the colours, using paint by Dina Wakley. This teenage photo of me was on my desk and I thought it fit the page well.
You can read more about the page on the Sizzix blog.
Thank you for visiting today!!
Happy crafting!

Halloween Magic Blocks

Hello all! This month the challenge at Eileen Hull's Art With heart challenge is 'Tricks and Treats', my project is a little bit of both. I hope you'll join us in the challenge and there is a great prize to be won.
I made three Halloween Artist Trading Blocks, but they also double as gift boxes, or rather a gift box where you have to open three boxes to get to your gift, which is inside the smallest box. These boxes are all done with the 3-D Blocks/Cubes die, and I used Tim Holtz stamps and Distress Ink to decorate them.
Start by die cutting two of each size of the three boxes (sorry about the poor photo).

Stamp the boxes with different Halloween stamps, and remember to stamp them in the right direction.

Ink with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Stamp most of the images again on sticky-note paper or masking paper. Cut them out and mask the images. You don't need to mask the areas which are a solid black.

Ink the blocks with Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Black Soot, using an ink blending tool. Mat board takes ink beautifully.

Leave the masks on and mist the blocks with Pewter Perfect Pearls. It is hard to capture the shine in photos.

When dry, stamp with two different script stamps, to add texture.

Remove the masks and you'll have all the images in the light Antique Linen ink. You can add more colour to them if you want to, I decided to leave them.

The blocks were a little too dark for my liking, so I white embossed the fabulous Cracks stamps here and there.
Assemble the blocks, but don't apply adhesive to the top flap, since we want to be able to open them. I used Ranger's Wonder Tape.

The three boxes fit perfectly inside one another. My son is going to enjoy opening one after the other.

Let's have a look at the other sides of the blocks. I used blueprint stamps on the larger blocks, carved stamps on the middle one and various small stamps on the smallest block.

There had to be a spider web and a scary witch.

The blocks were embellished very simply with a few orange rhinestones. Since I am giving these to my son, it was better not to add too many things to the boxes.

These are the three lids, would you dare opening those boxes?

Here you can better see the layers of stamping and inking. The Distress Inks hadn't dried fully with I did the white embossing so there is a quite a bit of stray white powder, which I thought added to the effect. If you don't want any stray powder, dry the inks with a heat gun first.

You might be able to see the metallic effect of the Perfect Pearls better on this photo.
Thank you for visiting today!
Happy crafting!
Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Blocks/Cubes
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Mini Halloween, Mini Halloween 3, Mini Halloween 4, Carved Halloween, Specks & Cracks, Mini Blueprints 7
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Distress Ink: Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Black Soot
Mist: Ranger Perfect Pearls: Pewter
Embossing powder: Ranger Seafoam White

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Halloween Meeting

Hi and welcome! It is Monday and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is up, and this week anything goes.

I wanted to scrap some photos from last year's Halloween, about a happy meeting with Spider-Man. When Anton looked at these photos recently he was thinking it was a little strange that Spider-Man, who is a good guy, seemed to get very well along with the bad guys at this occasion, reasoning that he was probably keeping a check on them. For the background I used Tim Holtz Laboratorie paper and dressed it up with stamps. It might even be a little hard to see which images are stamps and which are part of the original paper. I like using stamp to change patterned paper.
I had fun using the new Halftone Halloween stamps, which are great for stamp layering. The shadow parts were stamped with Archival Ink Monarch Orange and the black parts with Jet Black, on Specialty stamping paper.  
The background paper had a spiderweb pattern so I stamped some spiders here and there to populate the web.
The title stamp is also from the Halftone Halloween set. Since the stamps are cling stamps with the image printed at the back, they are easy to align. Stamp the outline first and then the filler part.
This is another of the Halftone Halloween stamps.
I made a border of tissue tape and jute string and stamped the row of children just above it. The journaling is tucked behind the layout, something I do often since I tend to write a lot.
I love this owl stamp, and it isn't only for Halloween projects, it will work any time of the year.
Join us in our anything goes challenge and it might be you who wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp, drawn randomly.


Thank you so much for stopping by here today!
Happy crafting!!
Surfaces: Ranger: Specialty Stamping Paper; Tim Holtz idea-ology: Laboratorie paper stash
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Monarch Orange, Jet Black; Distress Ink: Black Soot

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winter Moon Scene

Hello stampers! We are continuing our By the Silver Moon October challenge at Craft a Scene.

I made a blue-toned winter scene, which can also double as a Christmas card. All the stamping was done with Jet Black ink. I used a Colorbox Stylus Tool and various blue dye inks to colour the scene, making sure to leave some areas the white of the paper. The sky was stamped with a single stamp, masking out the moon on the subsequent impressions to fill the whole sky. Highlights were added with a white gel pen and mist and shine with white pigment ink.

Thank you for looking!

Happy stamping!


Stamps: Stampscapes: Eerie Moon 282F, Spiny Branches Sm. 331B, Snowy Covered Bridge 357F, Snowy Rocks 365A, Winter Bush 366C
Ink: Ranger Adirondack dye ink: Aqua, Stonewashed; Distress Ink: Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire; Archival Ink Jet Black; Colorbox Frost White
Surface: Kromecote glossy cardstock

Friday, October 17, 2014

White Paper Tutorial

Hello and welcome! I am happy to post another tutorial on Tim Holtz blog today, for the Tim Holtz Media team.
I decided to do something a little different in this tutorial, which is focused on paper surfaces, particularly Ranger's Manila cardstock, Specialty stamping paper, Gloss paper and Watercolor paper. I've loved paper ever since I can remember and few things carry as much possibilities as a white piece of paper. The paper we use also affect the outcome of many techniques, the same technique might have a different effect on a different paper.

I made a lot of Halloween tags, but if you use other stamps and colours, the techniques work for any topic.

To see the full tutorial, head over to Tim's blog.

Thank you for the visit!

Happy crafting!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Lantern Tag Tutorial

Hello everyone! I am sharing a mixed media Halloween tag tutorial on the Sizzix blog today.
I used Tim Holtz new Hanging Lantern die together with Ranger's Texture Paste. As with most of my tutorials, the techniques works for lots of different types of projects.
To see the full tutorial, you have to head over to the Sizzix blog.
Thank you for stopping by today!
Happy crafting!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Spooky Stories Mini Book

Hello and welcome! A new week and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week we are doing 'O is for...'.
My take on the challenge is to use Tim Holtz Odds & Ends stamp set, Ornamental die, Occasions Found Relatives and three o's in my title. My son loves to tell and hear various spooky and fun stories, where he is always the hero at the end. I thought I'd make a little book to collect those stories in. I find that it is often easier to remember writing things down, when you have a special place to write it in.
This is the back cover, where you can easier see how I made the covers. I stamped ticket stamps from Odds & Ends repeatedly on manila cardstock, which had first been coloured with Distress Ink and water. All the tickets were cut out, bent and folded and the edges distressed. I glued them to mat board with matte multi medium and die cut the covers using the Ornamental die. They have a great, almost leathery feel to them.
I cut out a boy from one of the Found Relatives Occasions cards and sanded and inked him a little. There is also a number brad, with Black Soot rubbed into the numbers. Behind the boy is a tree die cut from kraft-core with the Halloween Shadows die. 
Because the boy's feet don't show in the original photo, I wanted to cover that part up, so that it still looked like he had feet. I really wanted to use the new pumpkins from the Carved Halloween set, but they were too large. Instead, I stamped them on shrink plastic, shrunk them and painted them with Distress Paint at the back.
Another of the carved stamps, stamped on white paper. Behind the skull there is a piece of spider web, also die cut from kraft-core.
The title was die cut with the Wanted die.
Another little shrink plastic pumpkin.
I die cut the inside pages with the Ornamental die. First, I smeared Pumice Stone, Gathered Twigs and Black Soot Distress Ink on my craft sheet, misted with water and pressed manila cardstock into the ink. Repeat on both sides.
The pages were stamped with various Halloween stamps, using both Jet Black ink and Pumice Stone. I didn't want to cover them completely since there has to be space for the writing.
More pages. All the edges were inked with Gathered Twigs.

It is fun to sit surrounded by stamps and just stamp away, without much of a plan. 
I hope you will join us in our O challenge, just as every week, one random participant is lucky to win a $50 gift voucher at Simon Says Stamp.


Thank you for stopping by today!!
Happy crafting!
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Distress Ink: Pumice Stone, Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Black Soot
Paint: Distress Paint: Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Found Relatives Occasions, Seasonal Chit Chat stickers, Number Brads